Twin Birth Rises 50% in Last 10 Years Due to IVF

1 If at times you imagine you’re seeing double, you possibly are. The number of women giving birth to twins has increased by close to 50% in the past 10 years.

Last year, 573 mothers gave birth to twins, according to data released by ICA (Immigration and Checkpoints Authority). That was up from 385 in 2004. Doctors asscoiate the surge to increased use of ART( Assisted Reproduction Technology)  treatments such as IVF In-Vitro Fertilization. Professor Christopher Chen, medical director of the Gleneagles Assisted Reproduction Programme Centre, said: “As women establish their careers first, they marry later and their chances of conceiving naturally fall as they age, so they turn to IVF and other treatments.”

Data has shown that 24% of those who conceived with ART help, had twins, compared with 0.8% of those who conceived naturally, he said. IVF entails combining a woman’s eggs with her husband’s sperm in a laboratory, before transferring the embryos into the woman’s womb. Last year, 6,191 assisted reproductions were fulfilled in Singapore – almost double the 3,335  in 2008, the Health Ministry reported.

Dr Lim Min Yu of the National University Hospital Women’s Centre said “the chances of conceiving twins normally rise as women age because older women have higher levels of follicle stimulating hormone, which may trigger more than one egg to be released during ovulation.” Madam Sakina Omar, 34, was childless after 7 years of marriage. She gave birth to twins on her first try with IVF and quit her job to be a stay-at-home mum. “I was so happy to be pregnant,” she said. “I always wanted to have twins and it’s a dream come true.”

To handle with looking after two babies, she has the support of a group of mothers with twins. Mrs Regine Sahetapy, 34,recently started a Face book group called “Sg parents of twins and triplets” to give advice and offer support to other mothers. The former management specialist conceived through natural process and gave birth to twin girls. Keep coming back to GlobalIVF where we’ll take you through your fertility options step by step. You’re not alone!

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